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This week’s sports doping kerfuffle relates to the recent confession of retired Major League Baseball player Mark McGwire that he indeed used performance-enhancing drugs during his career. This confession, from what can be deduced (one of many professional opinionating comments here), was sparked only by McGwire’s desire to become a hitting coach for the St Louis Cardinal team and MLB head Bud Selig’s insistence that he come clean first. McGwire had previously refused to confess to his performance-enhancing drug use at a Congressional inquiry which had a lot of positive-role-model impact upside but zero financial upside. (In case you were wanting to evaluate McGwire’s motivational claims at present or anything, you know.)
This is by no means news to anyone with half a brain who followed the duel between McGwire and Sammy Sosa to raise the single-season home-run hitting record in 1998. So that part is not particularly interesting or instructive, although our good blog friends the BM and Anonymoustache have opined anyway (noted Yankees fan Comrade PhysioProf has been uncharacteristically silent on the issue). AM was in particularly fine form:

Here’s the ‘roid confession I’d like to hear one of these days:
Yeah, I did steroids and HGH. I’m not proud of it, but I did it.
And it pisses me off that all of you people are getting all freaking high and mighty over me because of this. The hell with you all. The writers knew something was going on. The managers knew something was going on. The owners knew something was going on. The fans knew something was going on. What….a record stands for 40 years without anyone getting close to it and suddenly it gets broken 5 times in 3 years, and you all seriously thought it was because of better [redacted] Ovaltine?

I’d like to hear that type of confession for a scientific paper retraction one of these days, wouldn’t you?

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The Editor of the 2009 edition of the Open Laboratory print anthology of science-oriented blogging, SciCurious of Neurotopia, has announced the selected posts from last year’s science blogospheric efforts. I own two of the prior editions of the anthology, so obviously I’m a big fan. As an additional disclaimer, I was asked to review as subset of the 760 nominated posts this year.
I won’t steal all of SciC’s fire, and the selections are all excellent, but I did want to note a couple of my own favorites to get you in the mood…

Breastatistics, by Dr. Jekyll and Mrs. Hyde.
The Weird History of Vaccine Adjuvants by Neuron Culture.
Academia: slowing down the search for cures? at Respectful Insolence.
It’s official: we really have saved the ozone layer, at Highly Allocthonous.
The rightful place of the science and the African-American community from the Young Black Professional Guide.
Impediments to dialogue about animal research, parts 2, 3, and 4 from Adventures in Ethics and Science.